Maxx Crosby remembers his father coaching him during pee wee football with one major rule: “Don’t be all bark, but no bite.” It has stuck with the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end to this day. “I want to go out there and show everybody, 'listen, this is what I’m all about,'" Crosby said Wednesday.
Josh Allen knows he can play much better, and didn’t need to be reminded Wednesday of everything that went wrong for him and the Buffalo Bills' offense during a season-opening dud. Whether it was experiencing jitters from playing in front of a packed home stadium for the first time since 2019, or spending much of the afternoon struggling to elude the Steelers' pass rush, the fourth-year starter is putting last weekend behind. The Bills should be eager to play again following a 23-16 loss to the Steelers in which their offense looked nothing like the dynamic 2020 attack, which finished second in the NFL in points scored and broke numerous franchise passing and scoring records.
The Pittsburgh Steelers could have sent the house at Josh Allen. For all but a handful of snaps during a season-opening victory over the Bills last Sunday, the Steelers let their defensive line and edge rusher T.J. Watt go it alone while trying to make Allen's job difficult. The Steelers ended up sacking Allen three times — two of them courtesy of Watt, the NFL's newly minted highest-paid defender — and never let the Bills star get into a rhythm during a dominant second half.